After graduate school, Peter Brubaker spent two years in Georgia playing with the Savannah Symphony. He then married Jean Supplee, another cellist, and the couple moved to Jean’s home town of Wilkes-Barre in 1988. At that time, both musicians became members of the Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic, and also joined Jean’s mother and sister in a newly formed music school, based on the Suzuki teaching method.
Mr. Brubaker has made a living in northeastern PA through a combination of teaching, playing chamber music, playing with local ensembles, and playing with the Philharmonic. His work as a cello teacher at the Suzuki School for Strings has expanded over the years to include conducting the student string orchestra and teaching piano. Mr. Brubaker’s musical influences include his cello teachers, Janet Marshall, Richard Kapuscinski, and Moshe Amitay, great cellists such as Pablo Casals and Mischa Maisky, and composers such as J.S. Bach, Mozart, and Beethoven.
In addition to playing the cello, Mr. Brubaker also enjoys playing the piano and accompanying his students, collecting house plants, and bicycling.